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If you have ever been to a party where they say to BYOB - bring your own beer, then you'll understand the concept of the Cammy IP camera cloud viewing app that requires you to BYOC - bring your own camera. As a diehard fan of Dropcam cameras, I was intrigued by Cammy for one important [...]

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We returned home from a one week epic road trip vacation at 1am Saturday morning. After some much needed sleep, Jeanne decided she wanted to unwind from the 1000+ mile trip with an afternoon of working in the garden. Yeah, I know, she's weird. ;) While she was out sweating in the sun and dirt, [...]

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Keeping an eye on your property and loved ones when you're not physically there is important for your peace of mind and for security purposes. The Butterfleye is a new camera that features completely wireless operation, two way audio and Active Eye Intelligence which automatically captures 1920 x 1080 pictures and videos using motion detection [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

I've been looking into a security system for my home, but I keep running into the cost issue of a monthly service charge.  So, I took a different tack and decided to cobble together my own using off the shelf network cameras.  I had several cameras arrayed around the house, but I was missing a [...]

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Whether you have older parents and grandparents or you yourself are older and would like to give your loved ones piece of mind, Lively is a system that offers independence while also respecting privacy. Lively doesn't use wireless cameras or microphones. It uses small sensors that can be attached to keys, a pillbox, the refrigerator [...]

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Dropcam Pro review

I've been using a Dropcam WiFi security camera since my review of their first camera back in 2010. I've tried several other camera brands over the years but always come back to Dropcam due to ease of use, image quality and mobile viewing. Their latest camera is the Dropcam Pro. I don't want to spill the [...]

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I've been using the Dropcam to keep an eye on things around my house, and it has worked very well for me.  I'm impressed with the clarity of the images I see, even in a dark room.  Of course, I'm always interested to know when things get better, which is why I'm telling you about [...]

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I've been searching for a way to keep an eye on my summer cabin while we're not in residence, and the Xtreme Life Landscape Stone from KJB Security products would seem to be the answer.  It claims to provide unattended surveillance with minimal operator intervention and ease of operation.  I guess we'll have to see about that...The Landscape [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

When I find a useful gadget or product that fits in with my life, workflow, etc. I then spend a lot of time trying to find the very best version of that gadget or product. Whether it's messenger bags, smartphones, styluses, ink pens or something else, I can become a little obsessed. Ok, a lot obsessed. [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I like having the ability to check in on my home even when I'm not there. I do this using small security cameras connected to my wireless network. I've reviewed several of these cameras over the years and the latest one to be offered to me for review is the Diamond Multimedia PlugnView Remote Home Monitoring [...]

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posted in Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

The Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L) from D-Link looks like it could be my new favorite surveillance camera because it offers all the features that my current favorite (Dropcam Echo) has and then some. It's wireless, has motion detection, night vision, two-way audio, smartphone apps, motorized pan/tilt, digital zoom, 720p HD recording, microSD card slot for recording [...]

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My friends at work used to give me funny looks when I'd announce that the Fedex guy just dropped a package off at my house. At first they thought I had somehow obtained a super power of either ESP or remote viewing. While having a super power would definitely be awesome (and I still think [...]

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posted in Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

The Stem Innovation iZON Remote Room Monitor is a WiFi based camera that has been designed to work specifically with iOS devices. The idea is to place the iZON camera in a desired location and then view it remotely using your iPhone or iPad. I've been trying one out for a couple of weeks now and am ready to share my opinion on [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a home body. I'd rather be home than anywhere else in the world. Sometimes I think that I would be perfectly happy as a hermit. Of course I'm not a hermit and I don't keep myself barricaded in my house 24/7. I go to work every day, go [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless

Dropcam announced this morning that they will no longer be using a third party camera vendor. Their new WiFi camera is completely redesigned to include HD quality 720p video, night vision, 2-way audio and digital PTZ. The online viewer has also been enhanced to increase user experience. They are claiming that the Dropcam HD will [...]

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Spy cameras hidden in teddy bears too obvious?  How about something truly ordinary? Yes, this innocent looking "wall wart" actually houses a video camera with an internal DVR that records onto a micro SD card.  It features motion detection activated recording and can record up to 32 hours on a single micro SD card. Cost [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

Even though, we live only fifteen miles from downtown Seattle, my family and I live (in some peoples' opinions) out in the sticks. We live at the end of a long gravel road. We can not see our neighbors or the county road we live on. My wife and I worry about security and have [...]

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The CompSpy Stealth Computer Spy w/Remote Spying from Gadgets and Gear is a covert application that runs in the background of a computer. Will instantly email you when certain keywords have been typed in. It will also send screen shots. Installs in 15 seconds on any Windows PC or laptop and is not detected by [...]

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A couple of months ago, I reported on the Cell Phone Tapper USB Stick from Brickhouse Security. Using this device, it would allow you to get access to information about calls, SMS messages, etc on Symbian, Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile smartphones. Notice an obvious exception to that list? At the time, there wasn't a [...]

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posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

At one point or another, we all find ourselves in a situation where it would be beneficial to be a fly on the wall; whether it's to figure out who it is that keeps stealing Netflix envelopes out of your mailbox, to keep an eye on the babysitter, or to reveal an even more unfortunate [...]

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